Prominent Black Family Found Dead (cobbs County)

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  1. Ms. Tarabotti

    Ms. Tarabotti Well-Known Member

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    Or she could have been a family annihilator. These types of killers kill family members instead of strangers and often take their own lives as well. Ronald DeFeo Jr. (He killed his parents and siblings in Amityville, NY - one of the killings that was the basis for the Amityville Horror movies) and John List (killer of his mother, wife and children) were family annihilators.

    They are usually male but there have been cases of females killing their entire family. There are different types of family annihilators and most of the research seems to have been done on the male killers. Outwardly they seem 'normal' and have good lives but on the inside are often beset by psychological problems.

    I don't know anything about Dr. Edwards or her psychological makeup but maybe she felt that her world was crumbling around her no matter how perfect it seemed from the outside. Maybe the children were planning to leave the family nest and she felt that she couldn't protect them anymore (from real or imagined terrors), maybe she was beset by financial woes, maybe she suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness. If she was planning on killing herself, she might not have wanted her children to remain in this world without her protection (even though they were adults, she might have seen them as still needed her protection and guidance-due to her mental state she might not have been able to think clearly) so she killed them and then herself.

    This is all speculation on my part, though.
     
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  3. secretdiamond

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    I really don't like to spread "rumors," but here is some of what I "know"/"heard."

    - Marsha Edwards has supposedly always taken the divorce "hard," as she felt she put blood, sweat, and tears to help her ex build his practice and legacy. He is now with someone else (a former employee), but this woman now runs the practice with her ex. However, she has been his partner for years now. Nothing new. She is very nice. I won't speculate or spread rumors on whether or not this woman played a role in their divorce. Those things could be mutually exclusive.

    - Dr. Edwards and his girlfriend were said to be marrying in the near future. This may have triggered Marsha, with her depression and all..

    Either way, a psychotic break had to have happened for her to kill her adult children.

    Now, none of this could have been the reason. It may just simply be that she mentally "snapped" from uncontrolled mental health issues.

    It's all so incredibly sad.
     
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    ^^when i first read this i thought this seems like revenge against the ex.
     
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    This case is so unique, that it seems like this just can’t be all there is to it... A nearly 60 year old, black woman, family annihilator? :huh: A suicidal woman taking her ADULT kids with her? :huh:

    Have any additional details been released?
     
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    Super tragic the entire story
     
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    I was thinking about this story today and how the children's lives were cut short right at the beginning of adulthood. Erin would be back at college now. :( I still want to know what happened and why Marsha Edwards would do something so horrible.
     
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    Laela Sidestepping the "lynch mob"

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    UPDATE:

    Nov 13, 2019 | By Shaddi Abusaid | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    The ex-wife of a well-known Atlanta surgeon and civic leader repeatedly shot her son and daughter in her family’s upscale Vinings townhome before killing herself with a single bullet to the chest.

    An autopsy released Wednesday by the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office paints a grisly picture of the double murder-suicide that claimed the lives of three members of a prominent metro Atlanta family three months ago.

    Marsha Edwards, 58, shot 20-year-old Erin Edwards and 24-year-old Christopher Edwards II in late August before turning the gun on herself, police said.

    All three bodies were discovered during a wellness check at the home inside the gated Vinings Park East townhouse community. The neighborhood is located about a mile from Cumberland Mall.

    Erin Edwards was shot twice in the left arm and once in the chest, her autopsy revealed. Her body was discovered in the same room as her mother.

    Christopher Edwards was shot six times, according to the autopsy result, once in the back of the head, once in the abdomen, twice in the back, once in his left arm and once in his shoulder. His body was found in his bed on a different level of the home than his sister and mother, authorities said.

    The autopsy findings do not indicate which of her children Marsha Edwards shot first.

    Her ex-husband, Christopher Edwards, is an orthopedic surgeon who chairs the Atlanta Housing Authority board. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Morehouse School of Medicine and formerly served on the board of Grady Memorial Hospital, AJC.com previously reported.

    His son had been the digital content manager for the Atlanta film and entertainment office since March 2018, according to the city. Both he and his sister were Woodwood Academy graduates. Christopher went on to graduate from Elon University with a degree in media and arts entertainment.

    Erin Edwards interned last summer in the mayor’s communications office. A student at Boston University, she was coming off a summer internship with an NBC station in New York.

    Marsha Edwards formed MME Enterprises LLC, a medical equipment provider, in July 2015, according to the company’s website.

    Active in the community, she was also a member of several high-profile black organizations and civic groups, including the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America and the Camellia Rose Chapter of The Links.

    Earlier this year, Women Works Media Group named her one of Atlanta’s Most Powerful and Influential Women of 2019.

    Both Marsha Edwards and her children were members of the National Association of Black Journalists, an organization that advocates for and supports black reporters.

    At an Atlanta Housing Authority meeting in September, the elder Christopher Edwards thanked the public for the outpouring of support he received after the deaths of his family members.

    “The cards and prayers came from all over Georgia, not just Atlanta,” Edwards ahead of the housing authority’s meeting. “Then they came in from the nation, and most recently, they have now been coming in from the world. You reached me, and I thank you so very much.”
     
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    What in the world was going on???
     
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    I wonder how sure they are that she killed everybody and not someone else.
     
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    If no one else was involved, that means that she shot her own son six times. Wow. :(
     
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    I'm having a hard time believing this woman was capable of shooting her son 6 times, but his body was in the bed and he was shot in the back of the head, which means he'd likely been sleeping and was riddled with bullets to ensure death or eliminate a threat
    Usually,people who kill themselves aim at the mouth or head. The mom was shot in the chest..would like to see the angle of that shot...
     
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    Something fishy... I feel husband was involved
     
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    Was a silencer used? How do you point it to your chest to shoot yourself?
     
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    Hmmm. 10 shots went off and no one heard anything? If son was sleeping, why shoot him 6 times? And she chooses to shoot herself in the chest? Hmm maybe she wanted an open casket funeral unlike her son...
    But if this is an affluent family in medical practice, couldn’t the ME be paid off?
     
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  16. Ms. Tarabotti

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    We would need to see autopsy photos (as unpleasant as that sounds). Was he shot in the abdomen first and then rolled over to be shot in his back and the back of his head? He could have been sleeping and awoke after he was first shot. We would need to determine which of the bullets was the first to be fired.
    The mother might have shot herself in the chest depending on the angle of the bullet. It's a little difficult to do it holding the gun straight in front of you but if it was pointed at an angle (say by her stomach and the gun pointing upward), it might have been possible. They didn't mention anything about a silencer or the type of gun used but the mom did it, she would have had to stop and reload the gun.

    Sorry to be so graphic but a steady diet of Forensic Files and other shows will do that to you (plus I wanted to be a coroner when I was younger).
     
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